Formed: 2005 in Madison Heights
Sound: Contemporary hard rock
Members: Randy Riddle, vocals and bass (Madison Heights); Joe Keough, guitar (Novi); John Keffalo, guitar (Roseville); Athear Najor, drums (Auburn Hills). Influences: Stone Temple Pilot, Seether, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace
Day jobs: Riddle is an automotive designer who was laid off in 2008. Keough is an IT specialist with an auto company. Neffalo is a painter. Najor is a freelance graphic designer.
What’s in a name? Riddle says the Core Effect “went through several different names of the band” before settling on its current moniker. “It doesn’t necessarily have meaning; we always wanted it to be about the music. This just sounded like a cool name. There’s no deep meaning behind it, but everything else — the song titles, the CD titles — has a meaning for it, a story to it.”
A day to remember: Core Effect has opened shows for several national bands, including Tantric, Framing Hanley and RED, but Riddle says a particularly memorable gig was supporting Seether for the group’s October 2008 show at the Fillmore Detroit. “That’s probably my favorite band, so just picture your favorite band and you’re opening for them. It was a great day, too — Todd Jones retired from the Tigers that day, Matt Millen got fired (by the Lions) that day and we opened for Seether. That’s a pretty good day.”
Hear ’em: Core Effect’s latest album, “Armored Shades of Light,” came out in the summer of 2008 and launched a national single, “I Did It All.” The group is currently working on new material.
See ’em: Core Effect performs as part of A Taste of Detroit tonight at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Chaos Theory, Cybertrybe, Dismantle, Stellar Drive and Emily Rose also are on the bill. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.
Surf ’em: www.myspace.com/coreeffect
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